Boston, MA, October 2014 – Jonette Sheperd’s journey to be a top travel agent began 30 years ago at her kitchen table with a speaker phone, a crate of brochures and a dream to be the best. On October 13 her journey continues to break the mold as she stands in Vienna alongside Scenic Cruises newest “Space-Ship”, the Scenic Jade, serving as its godmother. In asking Ms. Sheperd to be the godmother, Glen Moroney, Scenic Cruises founder and owner, states, “Jonette embodies everything that is stellar in the travel industry, forging her own path, in her own way, to levels of accomplishment so many others just dream about. We are so honored to have her as godmother to our beautiful ship.”
For the past 20 years, Jonette Sheperd has served as general manager of Unique Travel in Florida. Under her leadership and with the unwavering support of owners, Sally and Dan Goldwasser, Unique Travel has grown from an agency commissioning 3 advisors to a team of 65, and has continually been recognized by various cruise lines, hoteliers, and tour operators as top producers and sales leaders. “I am so honored & humbled to have been selected to be the Godmother of the Scenic Jade,” says Jonette. “It is such a privilege to be associated with Scenic Tours, their professionalism and partnership within our trade speaks for itself. This event is truly the pinnacle of my 30 year career in the travel industry.”
Accolades are also given by those who know her best. “I am thrilled Scenic has chosen a working professional in our industry as godmother of such an important ship and even more thrilled that it is our General Manager, Jonette Shepherd,” states employee Sarah Fitzpatrick. “While it is wonderful to have all these celebrities and dignitaries as godparents, it is so intuitive that Scenic re-enforces their strong relationship with the travel industry and truly shows the respect for the travel agency community by choosing a Virtuoso professional as incredible as Jonette.”
Unique Travel owner Sally Goldwasser also offers praise, “Having Jonette Shepherd serve as Godmother to the Scenic Jade, is a wonderful accomplishment for both Jonette and especially for Unique Travel. Jonette’s loyalty and never ending hard work has enabled our travel advisors to be among the best in the industry. Scenic Cruises is fairly new to Unique Travel, but because of its fast growing excellent reputation it is becoming one of our top selling river cruises.”
Scenic Cruises has the newest fleet of ships to sail the European rivers. Widely regarded as the finest fleet on Europe’s waterways, Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ are designed and built by leading Dutch specialist river cruise shipyard, De Hoop, and were the first river cruisers to offer luxury suites with private full-size balconies. Other Scenic Jade amenities include: large walk-in showers and Egyptian linens in the cabins, a 24-hour fitness center with top-rated equipment; electric assist bicycles; personalized service with a 3:1 guest-to-staff ratio, unlimited beverages including premium wines and spirits, all meals at any of the multiple dining venues, personal butler service, excursions, events and entertainment, the Scenic Riverview personal GPS commentary device, which acts like a personal tour guide for guests while on board the ship, Wi-Fi, airport transfers, and all tipping and gratuities.
Besides showcasing European river cruising’s most luxurious ships, Scenic is committed to the concept of “truly all-inclusive,” taking it further than any other line. Between the arrival airport and the destination airport, Scenic guests have only to pay for personal items such as gifts, massages or hair styling in the ship’s Spa, or the most elite of top-shelf beverages. Everything from the optional excursions to all meals to the mini-bar replenishment in the cabins to entertainment aboard and ashore is included. Even the gratuities on board and on tours is included.
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